Don’t Delay – EAT!

Hannah’s quick tip for MindFULL Eating.

Eat breakfast every day, within and hour of waking up. (If you workout first thing, then eat as soon after your workout as possible.)

Why? Your body is craving nutrients after a night of fasting. Eating right away gets your metabolism going and boosts your energy.

Check out this link for some fun and quick breakfast ideas.

 

 

The Best Pancakes You Will Ever Make- Allergy Friendly

This is another recipe I have been making for years.  It was easy to adapt to an egg free version, and no one noticed!

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 eggs or 2 flax eggs (2 T ground flax seed + 5 T water)
  • 1 tsp vanila
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter or almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil or MELTED coconut oil
  • ¾ cup almond milk
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • ½ cup flour (I use whole wheat)
  • Frozen blueberries (optional)

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Banana Muffins – Allergy Friendly

I know we have a lot of families with various food allergies in the group and so I thought I would share one of my absolute favorite recipes. These muffins are egg and dairy free. Please, don’t be intimidated by the flax. Its super easy to find at any grocery store and its a great egg replacer in baking (you typically use very little per recipe and if you store in the freezer it will last you a good long time!). Also, you do not have to use whole wheat flour but it gives it a nice flavor. All of my littles love these. Typically I bake these on the weekend and use a mini muffin tin so they can be a quick and easy breakfast or as snacks in lunches throughout the week.

Super Moist Vegan Banana Bread Muffins

Kodiak Recipe Book

PowerFull Fitness Moms share their love for Kodiak protein mix. And let me tell you – these ladies are creative. Click here to get your copy of all the ways (links and recipes included) you can add this to your family life from snacks, desserts, breakfast, and even savory treats!

And let’s just look at how kid friendly this is (and how cute our resident PF chef is!)  Her pancakes look amazing!!!

Old Facts – Big Truth

I know you have heard this before BUT ARE YOU DOING IT?  Sometimes the smallest of changes in your habits can lead to amazingly huge results.  So heed this old advice and eat your breakfast.

Why? Well….

Eating breakfast increases your metabolism, boosts your energy, and keeps you fuller all day long. It can be hard finding the time in the busy morning to make something satisfying; make it your routine to do a little meal prep on the weekend so that you have a breakfast that’s ready and waiting for you all week.

Try this baked oatmeal recipe: http://sweetroots.blogspot.com/2012/08/baked-oatmeal-dairy-free-gluten-free.html?m=1 (I like to use apples instead of bananas.) Pair it with a couple hard boiled eggs (which you can also prep on the weekend) or scrambled eggs for some additional umph, and you have a great start to your day.

Ok so for real – write out your plan for breakfast for the week and gets to eating!

Mango Overnight Oats

Last night I tried out some overnight oats again with the kiddos and it was a success. Now by success I mean Elli loved it – straight from the fridge cold. Jackson was able to get it down.  #success  He had me warm his up (I can’t blame him, I like a hot breakfast). He wasn’t sure about the chunks of mango but I assured him he loved mangoes so he ate them.  Again, it isn’t a party trying to feed him but this is a win in my book.

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Leeann Likes – Sweet Potato Toast. Is this #reallife?

What is up with Sweet Potato Toast??

Let’s talk about sweet potato toast.  I feel like it hit the internet by storm.  I LOVE sweet potatoes.  Sweet potato fries are on the top of my favorite food list.  But for some reason I was weirded out by the idea of toast.  Maybe because I was scared to cut those suckers that way.  But see something enough times and you just need to try it.  I found two methods of cooking.  Some people use the toaster, other people use the oven.  I went with the oven because I think sweet potatoes taste better when cooked low and slow.  I can’t imagine how many rounds it would have taken them in the toaster.  I make a a lot, stored them in the fridge and then toasted them each morning for breakfast or in the afternoon for a snack.  I was really surprised.  It was great and I can’t wait to make it again!

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Welcome Leeann – Our Resident #reallifemom

I am so excited about welcoming Leeann to our blog. Leeann is a dear friend of mine – someone I can be real with, someone I can really share life with and be honest about how I’m feeling no matter what. I never fear judgement but I know she will always give it to me straight.   Since she moved away, our weekly “therapy” walks have turned into daily texts and from them I glean so much encouragement. I decided it was selfish to keep all that #reallife encouragement to myself so I asked her to guest blog for you too.

I wanted Leeann to share with YOU the struggles she has been facing as a mom of two little ones, trying to accommodate allergies and live a FIT healthy life.  I won’t go into details – I’ll let her introduce herself!  But stay tuned because we will have updates from her as she discovers what Leeann likes in the real world of being a mom – and also – what Leeann really doesn’t like.

I hope this helps you as you go through each day in a realistic, practical way!  We aren’t trying to be movie stars people, we are keeping it real!

Meet:  Leeann and enjoy her first blog post for us!

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Greek Yogurt Bark

So I finally made the Greek Yogurt Bark that keeps popping up on my Pinterest account.

Here’s what you need:

  • chocolate chips (lots and lots!)
  • 1.5 cups greek yogurt – plain non fat
  • 1/4 cup honey

Here’s what you do:

  1. Mix it together and then we just dumped in a ton of chocolate chips
  2. Spread it on the pan and top it with even more chocolate chips
  3. Place it in the freezer for two hours and BOOM.

 

Actually – everyone liked it. Elli loved it after swim practice. Jackson doesn’t like “messy” food but tolerated it and did even better with it the second day. I just kept it in the freezer and break off pieces for them throughout the afternoon.  So I call this a #goodenough for a fun summer snack!  Easy, cold, and healthy enough for us!